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Wed
17
Oct
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Judge Bars DA from DPSO fraud case

Judge Adams has ruled that District Attorney Gary Evans cannot investigate any DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s Deputies in regards to LACE fraud in the department. The ruling came as acting Sheriff Jayson Richardson seeks relief from the release of a Louisiana Legislative Audit report first requested by the DeSoto Parish Police Jury in 2017.

Though Adams did mention he could send the investigation to the Louisiana Attorney General’s office, the appeals process is also likely. “Well, we will obviously file an appeal with the 2nd Circuit,” said Evans after the hearing. “It’s my Constitutional duty to investigate criminal activity in this parish, and that’s what I am going to continue to do.”

 

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Wed
17
Oct
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Williams announces retirement

After 41 years of service to her community Edith Williams has announced her retirement from Community Bank. Williams was born in Keatchie and graduated from Logansport Rosenwald High in 1964. She has been married to Willie B. Williams Sr. since October 1965, and they are proud parents to four sons.

 

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Wed
17
Oct
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Civil War Reenactment, Oct. 27

On Saturday, October 27, Mansfield State Historic Site will re-create the gruesome aftermath of a Civil War during a special night tour of the Mansfield battlefield. Authentically costumed tour guides will take visitors onto the battlefield by candle lantern, as re-enactors depict various wartime scenes at stops along the trail. Tours last app. 30 minutes and will run ongoing starting at 7:30 pm, with the last tour departing at 9:15 pm.

 

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Wed
10
Oct
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DeSoto Clean-Up Roundup, October 20th

The committee to Keep DeSoto Beautiful met October 3 for a progress meeting. The discussion concerned the group logo and logistics for DeSoto’s October 20th Clean-Up Round up.

Keep DeSoto Beautiful is a new initiative that will help combat the litter and waste problems of DeSoto Parish. A First Appearance Survey was commissioned, and along with police jury members toured the most traveled and visible roads of the parish. The assessment found the parish was indeed “littered,” scoring a 1.98 on a 10 scale.

 

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Wed
10
Oct
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Sheriff’s suit against DA halts Grand Jury session

A DeSoto Parish Grand Jury expected to begin Monday came to an unexpected abrupt halt after current Sheriff Jayson Richardson filed a motion in court seeking to prevent District Attorney Gary Evans from proceeding.

While grand jury proceedings are secret, it’s speculated the Grand Jury was called to consider possibly criminal misconduct of DeSoto Parish deputies as it related to the LACE program. The District Attorney’s office and the Sheriff ’s office have been at odds since the DA took over the administration of the LACE program, as well as the funds generated from the program.

 

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Wed
10
Oct
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State, Parish respond to environmental emergency

The Department of Natural Resources recently declared and environmental emergency in Desoto Parish. The 9 square mile area named in the declaration is approximately centered at Louisiana Highway 3015 and Smyrna Road.

The emergency, named EMER 18-003, was declared because “gas was escaping from geological formations to the earth’s surface” according to Police Jury administrator and engineer Scott Brown.

 

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Wed
03
Oct
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Mansfield City Council passes new ordinances

The Mansfield City Council passed two Ordinances and accepted the revenue statements for 2018 during their regularly scheduled fourth Monday meeting.

 

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Wed
03
Oct
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DeSoto Parish Library holding town hall meetings

The Desoto Parish Library system is conducting of a series of town hall meetings, with one being held at each location. The Mansfield branch held their forum this past week. Library Director Delbert Terry led the meeting, which included library manager Diane Ross and library assistant director Bill Smith.

The town hall meetings have been formatted as a question and answer forum for library patrons. Director Terry opened with a quick introduction, and then opened the floor to the attendees to answer and ask questions.

Inquires were broad, with the opening question bring the most engagement. Terry asked simply, “What are the best, and worst, parts of the library experience?”

 

Wed
03
Oct
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Environmental Emergency in DeSoto Parish

Since July of 2017, the Louisiana Office of Conservation has been engaged in responding to an area of the Wilcox Aquifer in DeSoto Parish with unusually high natural gas levels. New developments have led to a declared environmental emergency in Desoto Parish.

The area of concern currently is south of La. 3015, approximately halfway between Longstreet and Grand Cane.

An investigation led by Louisiana Office of Conservation agents determined that the pressure and elevated levels of natural gas in the Desoto Parish indicates the aquifer there is charged with gas.

 

Wed
26
Sep
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Sheriff Richardson Gives Update on Current Projects

Sheriff Jayson Richardson gave a recent update about DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office’s current projects at a GOP luncheon meeting on Sept. 20. He discussed current projects DPSO is working on, including the new substation in Stonewall, a camera system being added to the Logansport substation and new radio towers.

DPSO is making progress on their new substation in Stonewall. They have finished the architectural work. They have negotiated with the Town of Stonewall for them to move into the new facility, and they are still negotiating with DeSoto Parish Police Jury.

 

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